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Apparently This Matters: Face tattoos

Lesya Toumaniantz reportedly had her husband-to-be tattoo his name on her face about 24 hours after they met.
Lesya Toumaniantz reportedly had her husband-to-be tattoo his name on her face about 24 hours after they met.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "Apparently This Matters" is CNN Tech's weekly, offbeat look at stories trending online
  • This week, Jarrett Bellini looks at a woman whose fiance' tattooed his name on her face
  • While piercings have become accepted, the face tattoo remains rare and shocking
  • Get one big enough though, and your parents might just stay quiet and take a cruise

Editor's note: Each week in "Apparently This Matters," CNN'sJarrett Bellini applies his warped sensibilities to trending topics in social media and random items of interest on the Web.

(CNN) -- When I was young, I remember that encountering an individual with a nose piercing seemed to mean something. Specifically: This person kills puppies.

Of course, nose piercings never actually meant anything. It was (and is) just body art.

That said, baseless conclusions used to come easy. Back then, it was rather unusual to see a person who'd willingly popped a fresh hole in his or her face when that face was doing just fine with the ones that came punched out from the factory.

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"Apparently This Matters" Is Jarrett Bellini's weekly (and somewhat random) look at social media trends.

But times have changed. Now nose piercings aren't a big deal. And to the best of my knowledge, none of my punctured friends have murdered any puppies.

Yet.

Not surprisingly, when it comes to these modern forms of personal expression, the simple, elegant nose stud has earned far more widespread acceptance than the almighty face tattoo.

Maybe it's because there are still not enough of them out there. After all, they're permanent.

2012: Romney face tattoo to be removed

And whereas piercings can easily be removed, there's a certain level of fierce commitment that comes with injecting dark ink directly into your face.

"Yay! In 60 years I'll still love dolphins!"

Five minutes later ...

"Well, that was a rather misguided decision."

However, almost nothing stacks up to the bizarre trending story this week from Europe involving a tattoo artist named Rouslan Toumaniantz.

You see, Toumaniantz met the girl of his dreams, Lesya, in an Internet chat room. They fell in love, and finally decided to meet face to face in Moscow. Presumably to wrestle a bear.

That's a standard first date in Russia. Look it up.

However, what makes this all really fun is that within 24 hours of meeting, Toumaniantz had, with consent, tattooed an alternate spelling of his first name over Lesya's face.

"Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy. ..."

Now, when I say he tattooed his name over her face, we're talking full cheek-to-cheek, gothic-style, see-it-from-space lettering. The kind of tattoo so outrageously big and bold and crazy that parents can't even really get mad.

"Your mother and I have discussed this, and we've decided to take a cruise."

Fortunately, the new, happy couple are getting married, and they have big plans to stay together forever. So not to worry. This can't possibly go wrong.

But here's the kicker. Toumaniantz is the same tattoo artist who, in 2009, made international headlines after he inked 56 stars on the face of a Belgian woman named Kimberley Vlaeminck.

Normally, that wouldn't be newsworthy. But, after the ink session was over, the woman claimed she only asked for three stars near her eye, and that the tattooist just kept adding more and more as she fell asleep in the chair.

Ultimately, this turned out to be a lie. She later admitted that she had, indeed, asked for all 56 stars but was scared about what her dad would say.

"Your mother and I have discussed this, and we've decided to keep you in a box."

This was three years ago, and when news of this girl's starry tattooed face hit the Web, naturally it went viral, and even spawned a website for The Kimberlizer -- a photo game where you position your head for a webcam and it instantly adds 56 stars to your face.

Today, the game still exists. And so do the real tattoo stars on Vlaeminck's face. So you know -- she's got that going for her.

But in this latest popular story from Moscow, Lesya still seems more than happy with her new face full of ink. Which is great!

Really, it's just the size of the tattoo that confounds the rest of us. For had her man simply used 12-point Times New Roman and inked his name near her eyebrow, this wouldn't even be a big deal.

Comic Sans, on the other hand? Death by firing squad.

Nevertheless, this particular face tat is big and bold, and definitely not going anywhere.

"It's a symbol of our eternal devotion," Britain's The Sun tabloid quoted Lesya as saying. "I'd like him to tattoo every inch of my body."

Modern face tattoos (even cool ones such as Mike Tyson's eye tribal) definitely have a long way to go before they reach the same level of social acceptance as nose piercings. But they will. It's definitely happening.

So go ahead and get that dolphin. Or maybe even a lover's name, beautifully scrolled across your forehead.

Just don't use Comic Sans.

"Your mother and I have discussed this, and we've decided to take the firing squad on a cruise. When they're done."

by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 3:36 PM
Replies (81-90):
WesternNYmom
by Silver Member on Feb. 11, 2013 at 12:02 AM
1 mom liked this

Removing that is going to hurt like hell.  Why would anyone want to tatto their face?  She is going to have a hard time finding a job. I also don't get why people tatto the name of their current flame on their body. If the relationship doesn't workout they are stuck with it forever. 

msslou
by Member on Feb. 11, 2013 at 2:38 AM



Quoting EireLass:

What the hell. How does one get a job when they have that?


I've always heard them referred to as "welfare makers". 

lga1965
by on Feb. 11, 2013 at 7:18 AM

 

Quoting Sirime:

Did you not read the whole story dear she later admitted she was lying! Don't post if you don't even know what ur talking about!

 Don't call people "Dear"......it sounds silly.... because we know you are being sarcastic and if you can't spell "YOUR", then don't post.

lga1965
by on Feb. 11, 2013 at 7:20 AM

 

Quoting msslou:

 

 

Quoting EireLass:

What the hell. How does one get a job when they have that?

 

I've always heard them referred to as "welfare makers". 

 LOL. It kind of makes sense......

Bethsunshine
by Bronze Member on Feb. 11, 2013 at 7:23 AM
1 mom liked this
People are just stupid. That is all!
EireLass
by Ruby Member on Feb. 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Do you consider your husband your family?

Quoting pampire:

Her face, her call.  Not one I would make.  My name tattoo rule is that unless they are family, the name should not go on your body.

Star face tattoo girl is lying.  There is no way on this planet that she "fell asleep" while getting her face tattooed.  The noise of the gun motor alone would make that impossible.  I think she just got so much crap from her family she had buyer's remorse and tried to shift blame.


EireLass
by Ruby Member on Feb. 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Oh, I'm not talking tats that alot of people have and tats that are covered by wearing normal clothing. I have a few. My daughter has a partial sleeve, and a few tats in visible places. I'm talking about about tats like this woman. You worked with people who's faces were marked like this?

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

Well I worked with a girl at a call center who had face Tattoos...

I also worked at the Disney Store in the mall and most of us who worked there had tattoos...

The other jobs and more that I didn't name are jobs where I've seen tattooed, pierced, people...
Quoting EireLass:

And you know this how........

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

Plenty of places...Mall, grocery store, theme parks, call centers, newspaper columnist, etc.
Quoting EireLass:

What the hell. How does one get a job when they have that?

pamelax3
by Gold Member on Feb. 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM

what an idiot

EireLass
by Ruby Member on Feb. 11, 2013 at 11:31 AM

But it wouldn't be you?

Quoting IansMommy2012:

There will be someone out ther that will see her for her. And thy wil hire her and they wil go to lunch. I personally love to meet ppl that have interesting tattoos
Quoting EireLass:

Exactly. Every employer has an excuse. And because we're such a judgemental society, what do you do if you meet her picking up her kid at school and she wants to go out to lunch with you?

Quoting maciymommieof3:

well.... you can't discriminate...but I sure could find another excuse NOT to HIRE her.

Quoting EireLass:

What the hell. How does one get a job when they have that?

TexanMomOf6
by on Feb. 11, 2013 at 11:40 AM

 


Quoting ahappymommy:

The tattoo artist that did that to the girl is a terrible man, he is in big trouble for tattooing 50 stars on a girls face when she only wanted 4, now Im the first to say, DONT FALL ASLEEP GETTING A TATTOO, but he should have only done what she wanted done! This girl is a moron as well, men arent worth a giant forever face tattoo!

Read the entire article?

 

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